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Niels Swinkels

Niels Swinkels is a freelance journalist, musicologist, sound engineer, and radio producer. Born and raised in the Netherlands, he studied English and Musicology at the University of Nijmegen. Before moving to San Francisco, he was the Arts Editor, and Senior Classical Music & Opera critic for Brabants Dagblad, a Dutch daily newspaper. In addition to writing for the Classical Voice and others, he is producer for KALW’s Open Air, a weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts. He is also a wine guy at Trader Joe’s Nob Hill. Read more about Niels at his website.

Articles by this Author

Early Music/Baroque Review
August 7, 2018

The venerable orchestra and choir deliver a memorable concert while simultaneously incubating the next generation in early music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 7, 2018

Music, lives, and pianos intertwine in a concert of local premieres.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
February 27, 2018

Drama there was, but ABS’s revivifying take on Bach’s masterpiece was mainly gorgeous.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 20, 2018

With the S.F. Symphony, the venerable conductor laureate shows how to do more with less fuss.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
February 6, 2018

A concert of music from the dark time of the Thirty Years’ War.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 23, 2018

Elegant, understated playing in a cozy setting brings out the best in a program of Couperin, Marais, Balbastre, and Telemann.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 9, 2018

An absorbing medieval music concert refreshes and uplifts while not shorting the entertainment side of things.

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Choral Review
December 19, 2017

Five centuries of musical legacy woven together in one spectacular concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 7, 2017

Music Director Valery Gergiev showed off an orchestra in peak condition in a concert featuring flashy pianist Denis Matsuev.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 31, 2017

Orchestra and conductor were in top form, but Latvian violinist Baiba Skride stole the show.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 17, 2017

Together with pianist Piotr Andreszewski and the S.F. Symphony, the Czech conductor honored the premise of the “Pursuit of Passion” program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 3, 2017

The American pianist made child’s play of a notoriously difficult concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 26, 2017

With a world premiere and Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, New Century Chamber Orchestra dazzled in their season opener.

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Choral Review
August 22, 2017

Together with great soloists, the California Chamber Symphony, and an excellent children’s choir, the Society creates a memorable Elijah.

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Recital Review
July 11, 2017

Anthony Reed and John Parr tread the delicate line between power and intimacy.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 2, 2017

One of Richard Strauss’s less-performed symphonic poems pairs with Igor Levit’s masterful Schumann performance.

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Choral Review
February 28, 2017

Religious music for the Lenten season, sung with grace and mature expression.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 31, 2017

The great violinist drained every ounce of emotion from Britten’s Violin Concerto in a triumphant appearance with the Marin Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 24, 2017

The close connection between violinist and conductor made for an electrifying concerto performance.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
November 15, 2016

The early music group delves into love, Italian style.

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